James Gilstrap

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James Gilstrap
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Service:
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   12/6/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Thad Heartfield
Personal History
Born:   1957
Hometown:   Pensacola, FL
Undergraduate:   Baylor University, B.A., 1978
Law School:   Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1981

James Gilstrap is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. He joined the court in 2011 after a nomination from Barack Obama. Prior to nomination, he was a private practice lawyer in the firm Smith & Gilstrap in Marshall, Texas, a position he had held since 1984.[1]

Early life and education

Gilstrap received a bachelor's and J.D. from Baylor University in 1978 and 1981 respectivly.[1]

Professional career

  • 1984-2011: Partner, Smith & Gilstrap
  • 1989-2002: County Judge, Harrison County
  • 1981-1984: Associate, Abney, Baldwin & Searcy[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Texas

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:James Gilstrap
 Court:Eastern District of Texas
 Progress:Confirmed 200 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:5/19/2011
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Qualified
ApprovedAQuestionnaire:Questionnaire
ApprovedAHearing:7/28/2011
DefeatedDQFRs:
DefeatedDReported: 
ApprovedAConfirmed:12/5/2011
 Vote:

James Gilstrap was nominated by Obama to the Eastern District of Texas on May 19, 2011. He was nominated to the spot left vacant when Judge Thad Heartfield took senior status. Obama commented on the nomination, stating, "Throughout their careers, these nominees have displayed unwavering commitment to justice and integrity. Their records of public service are distinguished and impressive and I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the United States District Court bench. I am honored to nominate them today."[2]

Gilstrap was rated Unanimously Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on July 28, 2011 and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.[3]

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Gilstrap's appointment to Eastern District of Texas court on September 15, 2011.[4] He was confirmed by a Senate voice vote on December 5, 2011.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Thad Heartfield
Eastern District of Texas
2011–Present
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
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